Originally Posted by GOYA
Viola is better than a C. He has not "fallen apart" in the last month. He had two bad outings in mid-May and after that has been very effective. He could cut down on walks but he is not hurting himself with them.
Alonso is struggling to find his bat in AA and that's just about where I see him. I don't think that earns an A.
While we don't know where Valaika would be if he didn't break his hand, he didn't show me anything at AAA except his glove. Even then, he had too many errors. Maybe C is too kind.
Heisey should be an A, no question.
Soto is young for A+ but I'd give him a C.
Mesoraco doesn't rate a C.
Carson Kainer might get a mention but he's a little old for A+.
Drew Sutton should get a mention.
Richar has shown a lot of improvement in my eyes. He may turn out to be a player afterall.
I rated Viola as a C because he projects to a middle reliever/LOOGY at the big league level. Many people have argued that because of this, he doesn't even belong on this list. That said, I do see him in Cincy by the end of the year.
Alonso has true All-Star ability. He has less than three months under his professional belt, and he has not disappointed so far. I expect him to start hitting in Carolina any day now.
Valaika will at least get a shot at the major league level, I'm pretty confident giving him a C grade.
While his numbers this year have been off the charts, I'm not ready to say that Heisey is a Grade A prospect and potential All-Star. Most people agree that he grades out similar to Stubbs, who at this point probably has the edge due to his projection and higher level. While Stubbs may profile to a major league starter, I'd be surprised if he makes multiple All-Star teams at the big league level. Therefore Heisey is not, in my opinion, "an A no question."
Some people may agree with you that Soto is ranked too high, but I am high on him. While he provides no guarantees, his ceiling gets him into the B category on my board.
You may be right about Mesoraco. He is certainly not one of my favorite players, but I'm willing to give him the benefit of the doubt at this point. However, if he's putting up similar numbers in Sarasota at this point next year, you won't see him on any of my lists.
While he is a good story, I'd like to see more out of Kainer at the higher levels.
Sutton does get mention in the original post- he's just too old to be included on the list. I think he deserves a shot in Cincy this summer. In fact I wouldn't argue if he is promoted this month and Frazier replaces him as the 3B in Louisville.
Richar screams fringe to me. At best he is a utility guy, and I like Sutton, Valaika and Rosales better.